Goulden Cay sits directly west of New Providence and as government protected land, it has been set aside as a bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve. This small cay is a continuous hub of activity, with a large community of different bird species flying to and fro. However, this small island serves a second purpose. On its northern leeward side, it protects a large crater of sand, which is surrounded by 20 feet (6m) of coral reef, named Hollywood Bowl.
This ideal shallow dive and snorkel site is rightfully named. If you have seen films such as Splash, Cocoon, Into the Blue and After the Sunset (to name a few) you’ve probably already seen parts of this extraordinary area. Large elkhorn corals branch towards the surface, making it impossible to swim over them in areas. Pillars of rock extend to the surface with large formations of hard and soft corals growing from them. Many species of colorful reef fish race towards boats as they moor up here, giving snorkelers and non-swimmers the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Bahamas marine life.
Hollywood Bowl is the perfect spot to take certifying and non-certified divers for a Discover Scuba dive. It gives instructors and divemasters the opportunity to introduce new (or potential) divers to the magic of the underwater world in a calm and controlled environment. Stuart Cove’s offers many underwater activities here, including, subs (small manually driving submarines), SNUBA, Discover Scuba classes, snorkeling and of course diving, allowing the whole family to get involved.